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3.25.2012

salads + spring

Ever since I saw this post on "Spring Cleaning your diet" at The Gardener's Cottage I have been eating salads every day.  There are so many great things to make a salad interesting.  I love beets, but red beets are pretty messy.  I was so happy to find golden beets at Whole Foods this week. 
I roasted the beets in a little olive oil wrapped in foil individually for close to an our in a 425° oven, I let them cool for about ten minutes and peeled them.  I sliced them for the tart and cubed them for the salad.  For the dressing I whisked a little olive oil, champagne vinegar and Dijon mustard and tossed it with mixed baby greens, beets and avocado.  The tart is just a little puff pastry with a shallot sauteed in olive oil and a splash of wine, spread it over the pastry, layer the golden beets, add a little goat cheese, or not and bake for about 25 minutes at 375°.  I topped it with micro greens from Trader Joe's. Yum.

21 comments:

  1. I´ve never eaten golden beets, just red. Do they taste the same?

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  2. thanks for the mention annie and this salad sounds so good. i love that you used puff pastry as the base. and i adore beets! i'm gonna make this for sure! xo janet

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  3. I just had my first golden beet a few weeks ago…I bought mine at Trader Joe’s, too! Love that store! Your tart looks scrumptious! A great way to serve those beets!

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    1. I actually bought my beets at Whole Foods…sorry….but I do love Trader Joe’s!

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  4. Wow! These beets are beautiful! Now I want a salad:)
    Amy

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  5. I grew yellow beets in the bungalow garden last year and I love how sweet their flavour tastes.
    Your lunch looks like a 5 star restaurant meal...
    XO

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  6. Gorgeous Annie! I love the photos and the recipe. Question for you, how do you do the side by side photos? I tried to do that on a post and blogger would not let me.

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  7. The beets look yummy and I am not a beet person. Janet is an inspiration - after her weight loss post I added weights to my routine and have been consciously eating healthier. Now I want to experiment with Quinoa.

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  8. I only really like salads when they have some seriously fun components...and roasted veggies are definitely fun!

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  9. My hubby loves salads - but I am usually uninspired by them. Yours looks amazing, I shall have to put this together. The hubs will be so pleased.

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  10. Looks incredible! I have been eating a lot of salads lately, too, but the puff pastry is calling my name! I'm a sucker for anything with puff pastry. Yum!

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  11. You have the best ideas Annie - do you know that I have never had a golden beet!
    Puff pasty oh how I love thee!!
    Have a great day!
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  12. Annie,
    you inspire me as always! I must now try a golden beet. My newest food obsession? Fried egg over easy atop a spinach salad with white balsamic vinegar.
    delish!
    Happy Spring!!!

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  13. I tried golden beets. Prepared them just as you suggested and they were delicious. And, not messy like their red counterparts! I love finding a new vegetable to enjoy. Thank you!

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  14. Yum! We made dinner salads last night. Fingers crossed spring comes back to Boston soon!

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  15. I might love beets more than any other vegetable. They are so divine -- especially when pared with goat cheese and vinaigrette. This recipe sounds out-of-this-world good!
    Camille

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  16. Meant to write "paired." You'd think I'd know a thing or two about pairs. ;)
    Camille

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  17. So lovely, so healthful, and so unique. I love anything with beets and this recipe is tantalizing in my world. Cheers to you my dear!

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  18. wow...this looks delicious...your images are magazine worthy...beautiful!

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  19. Annie,
    This looks delicious. I am really beginning to like beets. I love the puff pastry part too. Of course you make it all look so pretty.
    Have a good weekend!
    Kim:)

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  20. Annie,
    My hope is that when you move East, that we can prepare a healthy feast and gather as bloggers and individuals all on
    a quest for living simply lovely. I love beets too.
    pve

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